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First Drop Wines Pintor Tempranillo

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

For a 13.5% alcohol wine, this shows some richness of fruit that is to be admired. It's a ripe, fleshy number that shows a heap of dark plums, blackberries and blueberries on the nose, with a decent lick of chocolate and coffee from the oak. Meanwhile, the palate shows flavours of sweet strawberry and plum, a subtle lick of soft spice, some grippiness to the fine tannins, and a juicy, long finish. If you are game, try it with their suggested match of bull testicles, as for us, we will stick with the jamon.

Winemaker's Notes

This evocative, architectural wine is an ode to the great wines of Rioja. The structure is achieved through traditional long post-fermentation maceration, and maturation in 70% new oak for 20 months. This contemporary expression will make you salivate.

Appearance: Garnet red with purple hues.

Nose: A complex nose of dark cherry and savoury char aromas.

Palate: An elegant core of dense tannins support a lingering, even palate of dark cherry, carab and all spice.

Food: Jamon Jamon, bull’s testicles


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First Drop Wines Pintor Tempranillo

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This ripe, rich and hearty take on tempranillo in the Barossa is packed with dark, brambly fruit and framed in 50% new French, 20% new American and the balance older French timber. There are dark toasted spices, cherries and mocha. Meaty and forthright with a long, rumbling chain of tannin like a driving bass line. Vinous rock n roll!
2015
Good Wine Guide
93
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The Pintor is looking great in 2009, with a more tempered approach to oak (down to 40% new here, as compared to the 100% new approach in 2008), allowing the cherry and cassis fruits to shine through; there's some bracken, wild herbs and dusty earth too. The palate's fine tannins sweep out in medium-weight style; there's plum and dark-cherry fruits here too, and some cherry-stone crunch through the finish. Terrific balance.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A newie from the First Drop gang, and plenty of colour to start. The nose has plenty of oak character (100% new) and throws woody spice and resiny notes into the mix of dark berries and red fruits. The palate's ... well, it's oaky for sure, but there's a lozenge of fruit running through that carries all the way along the vanillin trail. Bold stuff - less oak would still be plenty.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
91

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